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5 Herald writers in line for honours

THE HERALD is one of the national dailies with most writers shortlisted in this week's journalism awards.

Five Herald writers have been nominated in the National Newspapers of Ireland Journalist of the year Awards.

Feature Writer of the Year -- david Diebold

Sharp, witty and versatile in style, David has written movingly about his eldest son coming of age; scathingly about why he won't join in any anti-bank protests; and poignantly about a community drawn together by tragedy.

SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR -- Neil Francis

Neil's irreverent, brutally honest and controversial Herald columns have made him a favourite with our readers -- and also with the judges.

The former Lions, Leinster and Ireland player isn't afraid to criticise and his views set the agenda.

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR -- Niall O'Connor (22) Niall has written movingly about a Dublin mum who couldn't avail of cancer treatment because she couldn't afford childcare.

And the young journalist has shown he is a match for more experienced journalists while covering the current presidential campaign.

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

-- Dan White

Dan doesn't pull his punches when it comes to the economy.

His sharp, well-informed and insightful analysis have made him one of the most respected commentators around in the financial world.

Dan cuts through the waffle to get to the heart of the matter.

CRITIC OF THE YEAR

-- Patrick Freyne

His witty, sometimes caustic and always entertaining radio and TV reviews have made him a favourite with Herald readers.

His weekly radio reviews have become must-read critiques of all that's worth listening to -- and all that's not on the airwaves.